"New Blog"

In honour of my pending ordination (tomorrow!!) I have set up a new blog, which will (hopefully) be a bit deeper than my ramblings on here. It’s at revjameshandley.wordpress.com I intend to keep this site going with photos, reviews, random thoughts (not that there has been a lot of that recently – doing a theology degree will have that effect!), but my main blogging will now be on t’other site. This isn’t a sacred/secular divide thing, it’s more like the difference between the editorial and the cartoons in the newspaper. I will leave you to decide which one you think […]


Virgin Media just keep on increasing their lowest tier of broadband, at least in this area. This time last year, we have 20Mbps, which was boosted to 50Mbps, and has just been bosted again to 75Mbps. My LAN only runs at 100Mbps! I’m a panelist for broadband speed monitoring, and I quite like the profile of the download and upload speeds over the last 12 months: There’s clearly a bit of instability / variation in the download speeds, as one would expect, which is a shame as it masks the steps up a bit. Still, I like it.


Right – hopefully that’s everything back up and running again! The hack didn’t affect my customised theme (and I’ve restored a clean version from my source-control anyway). I suspect there will be little dark corners that don’t quite work, but the site is looking much like I would expect it to.


For a while I have run a second website at katartismos.net, but since starting on the whole ordination journey I have run out of time and energy to keep it up. However, there’s some good stuff on there (at least I think it is!), so I’m going to move all the posts across from there to this site, and then ultimately close it down. I’ve scheduled them in at one a month for the next 12 months or so, and hopefully by then I’ll also have some new content to put up here!


I took (and passed) the Microsoft Certifcation exam 70-480 (HTML5 and CSS3) yesterday. There’s some lovely features of HTML5 and CSS3, but I also messed around with JavaScript during my preparations, and have almost ported my old C sudoku solver to JS, which means I’ll be able to make it available on here again. I want to finish restructuring it, so that the code is encapsulated properly, and I’m thinking about putting the solving part into a WebWorker. The basic solve doesn’t need to be (I don’t think) as it’s pretty fast, but if I add an exhaustive search this […]

"Twitter API"

Just a quicky to note that twitter switched off the old school (original) API last night. Where you used to use http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline you now have to use https://api.twitter.com/1.1/statusus/user_timeline I’ve updated the Weatherbot page (and the weatherbot itself) to reflect this change. In case you’re not aware, the Weatherbot is a sort of tutorial into how to use OAuth and the Twitter API. Unfortunately, this change also broke my tweetrate calculator, and my twitter timeline on the front page. They should be fixed now, but they still use v1 of the API which is due to be switched off at some […]


I love getting comments on my site, and getting some discussions going. I know I have a couple of friends who read this ‘blog (or who did, anyway), and I have also had several “out of the blue” comments and e-mails to certain posts. I am still very sorry that these historic comments are currently in limbo – it is still my intention to migrate them. That said, since moving to WordPress, and doing the “advertise” thing, I’ve suddenly started getting spam comments – something I’ve never had before. Just so it’s clear; my policy is to moderate all comments […]

"RSS Moved"

Just to do it formally – the RSS feed for my blog has moved, following the switch to WordPress. Please point your favourite reader at the new feed.

"Moved to WordPress"

Well, that’s it – I decided to go for it. You’re only young once (and for me that was some time ago). My site is now run by WordPress. I haven’t got the theme entirely to my liking – the archive pages and individual post views aren’t great, my twitter feed has vanished off the front page, and the formatting is a bit squiffy. I will get around to fixing these things! Other things to note are that the reviews are now all shuffled into the blog entries, and that the old RSS feeds don’t work no more. (sorry). Oh […]

"Twitter goes OAuth"

Twitter has now turned off Basic Authentication, so apps have to use OAuth. In case you missed it, I have a page which says how to a PHP twibot using OAuth, and I’m grateful to Shadowfax for highlighting some of changes he had to make to get it work in CentOS. Enjoy!

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